Kelli Anderson & Becky Murphy… Month One of Their Creative Residency
The Adobe Creative Residency “gives talented, emerging creative professionals the opportunity to spend a full year working on a dream project.” What this really boils down to is creativity and sharing.
This year’s residents are illustrator Becky Murphy and designer Kelli Anderson. They are creatives, individuals in pursuit of bringing their ideas to life and sharing them with others in the process. We’re very excited about the creative work they’ve begun and look forward to the months ahead to see how it continues to unfold.
By following along with the work Kelli and Becky do throughout the residency, you’ll have a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at their practices and ideas. Often online, people are only able to see the end result of a creative project, which tends to be a polished shiny product. Rarely do we know the amount of work and persistence it takes for a designer or artist to get there. Through checking-in on Becky and Kelli’s Instagrams, Twitters, blogs, and websites, you’ll be able to learn more about their finished products before they’re even finished. Here are some of the highlights from what the residents did the first month:
In the first month, Becky began her project “100 Days of Getting Started,” for which she’s creating 100 new pieces of art over the course of 100 days. She was inspired to take on the challenge by The Great Discontent’s 100 Day Project and Mark Twain’s quote, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
With this project and her work, she uses various platforms and mediums, as she likes to capture images found out in the world with photographs and Adobe Shape CC. The images she takes builds a bank of inspiration for her to access when she sits down to draw in her studio. You can view all the new work she’s created on her personal website each Friday when she updates it from the week before. It will be fun to see the different directions her illustrations take over the next 60 days.
Becky is also working on building her network and brand. In effort to do this, she spoke at an Adobe Creative Jam in Austin. Her talk was about the process of turning an idea into a book, which is what she did when she wrote I’d Rather Be Short: 100 Reasons Why It’s Great to Be Small. Through this event, she met designers and educators who she plans to work with in the future.
Kelli began her residency by completing her pop-up book, This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions, to be released by Chronicle Books in October. In her book each pop-up contraption is a fully functional interactive object—a speaker, spirograph, planetarium, musical instrument, and decoder. While the book is made of paper, the process of creating it depended largely on digital tools. You can learn more about how Kelli made the book in this video about her on Adobe Inspire.
While creating the book, Kelli brainstormed ideas for many pop-up contraptions she couldn’t include in it; she’ll be using part of her time as a resident to pursue one of them—a camera. Kelli’s digital to analogue explorations demonstrate the possibilities of combining old-world techniques with contemporary moments.
To let people know about her upcoming book release, Kelli had her book featured in the Chronicle booth during the National Stationery Show as well as Book Expo of America, both in Manhattan, New York. If you’re as excited about the book as we are, you can reserve a copy online today.
In addition, this month, there are opportunities to see them in person: Kelli will be interviewed by Debbie Millman of Design Matters, at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn on June 11. Becky will be presenting at GIANT Conference in Charleston, South Carolina on June 15. (Tickets are still available for both events.)
Check back here for monthly updates, to stay in the know about what they’re working on and where they’re traveling. In the meantime, follow Becky and Kelli’s Twitter feeds and Becky and Kelli’s Instagram feeds—there’s tons of great work to see there.